10 Foods you Must try in Hong Kong

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I’ve been to Hong Kong more times than I can count over the past twelve years since I first travelled overseas as a kid and I’ve gotta say, this place never ceases to fascinate me. No matter how many times I visit this city there is always, without fail, something new to discover. One thing that will forever be new for me is food, because no matter how many times you visit Hong Kong you can never walk away having tried everything! If you’re a first time visitor, here is a collection of my ten favourite foods you must try in Hong Kong (keeping in mind I’m a vegetarian with a strong love for sugary treats!)


Hong Kong Style Milk Tea

Fully aware that the above photo is actually an iced tea (I sadly don’t possess any milk tea photographs in my collection), you could really say all kinds of tea are a must try in Hong Kong. But alas, none are more iconic than the Hong Kong style milk tea! Pop in to a local eatery to try yours.

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Custard Bun

These Hello Kitty custard buns were almost too cute to eat… but I’m so glad I did! Don’t let the savoury exterior fool you – these buns are bursting with buttery flavour in the centre that oozes out as a nice surprise. I’d have them again in a heartbeat!

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Egg Waffles

One of my new favourite cheap eats in Hong Kong are the popular “egg waffles” or “bubble waffles”. Whatever you want to call them, they taste delicious. There are many variations on the standard flavour so be sure to shop around and try a few throughout your stay.

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Egg Tart

I’m surprised, almost shocked, to say that it took me so many years and visits to Hong Kong and try the famous egg tarts. These delicious eggy treats have a crisp exterior and are made fresh daily. I tried mine at Tai Cheong Bakery in Central.

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Dim Sum

This list just wouldn’t be complete without mention of Dim Sum, would it!? Dim Sum culture is alive and well in Hong Kong, but don’t be fooled as to how locals can eat such hearty, heavy dishes day after day and still maintain a reasonable digestive system… dim sum is still considered a treat to be eaten in moderation! Kind of like a Sunday ritual, many families head out on the weekends to enjoy a huge (and hugely indulgent) family style dim sum meal.


Wontons are a Cantonese-style dumpling, usually filled with shrimp or other meats (vegetarian may be hard to find at first, but is entirely possible once you do your research!) Wontons are hugely popular in Cantonese cooking and will be widely available throughout Hong Kong.


Although ramen is a Japanese dish, it is very popular in Hong Kong and widely available throughout the city. Ramen is a noodle soup broth, usually filled with meat, dried seaweed and green onions. Vegetarian versions are available, but be sure to do your homework as many eateries will not speak English and the word “Vegetarian” might be misunderstood!

Curry Fish Balls

As they are perhaps the single most famous street food offering in all of Hong Kong, this list would not be complete without mention of the crispy skewered snack! Although being a vegetarian I have never tried them, curry fish balls are widely available throughout Hong Kong, especially on the Kowloon side where street food stalls are more prominent.

Temple Street Night Market Street Food

On the subject of street food, you really can’t go past the widely popular Temple Street Night Market when looking for great local, cheap eats. Here you will find everything and anything you could possibly imagine, so be sure to come with an open mind as often it will be difficult to order without the simple point and smile method!

Rickshaw Noodles

If you ever stroll past a local eatery and see oodles of noodles, you’re probably staring into a bowl of the famous rickshaw noodles. This dish consists of a watery broth absolutely packed full of flavour, noodles, and various meats/vegetables. If you’re feeling brave and in the mood for eating like a local, look no further!

Tips for Dining in Hong Kong:

Be on time – punctuality is highly valued

Use chopsticks to pick up food, never your hands

Use a hot towel (supplied) to wipe your hands and mouth before & after a meal

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Thanks to Hong Kong Tourism for guiding me in the right direction to find new faves on this trip to Hong Kong! I flew with Cathay Pacific to reach Hong Kong, the national airline who have great connections throughout Asia to the rest of the world. For more information on flights to Hong Kong, visit

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    July 25, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    Thank you for the list! All I know about Hong Kong is the streets full of colorful ad banner 🙂 Hong Kong from now will be in my list, because I love food travel~~
    Dimsum is also really famous

    July 24, 2016 at 2:57 am

    Not to forget the Hong Kong version of their French Toast. .. either with peanut butter or plain condensed milk.of course it goes with the military tea… hot during winter… iced in summer. 🙂

    July 20, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    Egg tartS + HK milk tea <3

    July 19, 2016 at 6:48 am

    Hong Kong had such amazing food especially the Dim Sum! I found out after my stay that the Disneyland Resort has Disney themed dim sum so thats top of my list next time I visit 🙂

    July 19, 2016 at 4:25 am

    FYI: ramen may be a Japanese dish, but it is influenced by Chinese noodles called lamian

    July 19, 2016 at 3:25 am

    This is a great post! I grew up in HK and only moved to Edinburgh 8 years ago and I have to say you captured all my favourite local foods 🙂 the fishballs aren’t the same without cheong fun though (white steamed glutinous rolls) as a street food!

    Miles of Happiness - Marie
    July 15, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    I’ve got to try these Hello Kitty buns!

    July 14, 2016 at 3:29 am

    I love the Hello Kitty buns 🙂

    July 14, 2016 at 2:26 am

    All this food made me so hungry

    Charlie Elliott
    July 13, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    Love the egg tarts in HK, and I make the milk tea at home when it’s warm enough to justify it!

    July 13, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    I’m from the US but my parents are from HK and I’ve had the chance to visit a few times. Egg tarts are my absolute favorite, and I would also recommend Pineapple Buns! (Also for the carnivores out there, find a restaurant that has roasted meats hanging in the window and try roast duck and roast pork. Delicious.)

    July 13, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    Egg tart is my all time fav!

    the adventurer
    July 13, 2016 at 11:55 am

    You are making me hungry! This looks so good, I would love to visit Hong Kong soon =o)

    July 13, 2016 at 11:27 am

    Those waffles look and sound amazing, yum!

    xx Kelly

    July 13, 2016 at 8:16 am

    Thanks for the tips, I love that you always help vegetarians out as well! 🙂

    Kelsey |